Dental Sealants – Casper, WY
Giving Molars the Protection They Need
Back teeth are often the hardest to clean. As an adult, you can maneuver your toothbrush and floss in a way that a young child cannot. Our mouths are bigger, which means reaching these areas of our mouth are somewhat easier, yet, some adults still have a hard time cleaning their back teeth effectively. At Casper Children’s Dental, we want your child’s teeth to have the highest level of protection, which is why we offer dental sealants in Casper. This quick and painless process covers the back molars and prevents cavities from developing. Think your child is ready for dental sealants? Give us a call and schedule an appointment today!
What Are Dental Sealants?
Does your child practice good oral hygiene habits at home? No matter the answer, dental sealants can be a beneficial treatment to talk to our dentists about. Brushing and flossing may be able to eliminate some of the food particles and bacteria from the teeth; however, when it comes to the chewing surfaces and all the crevices, only dental sealants can effectively “seal out” any bacteria and food particles.
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. Known as the premolars and molars, these are often the hardest to reach for children to clean.
Once applied, the sealant creates a protective barrier over the tooth’s enamel, making it difficult for bacteria to penetrate, thus, reducing the chances of your child developing tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are also great for adults and even some baby teeth, as it is important to keep these teeth clean and healthy to make way for the permanent adult teeth that will eventually come through.
How Does the Process Work?
During your child’s appointment, the process for applying dental sealants is quite easy. Their pediatric dentist in Casper will thoroughly clean your child’s teeth before placing a solution on the specific teeth, roughening the surface to allow the sealant to bond to the teeth.
Once the teeth are rinsed and dried, we will paint the thin, plastic coating onto the back premolars and molars. The sealant will bond to the tooth and harden. If necessary, we will use a curing light to help with the hardening process.
Why Are They Beneficial?
- Greater protection – Reaching those back molars can be difficult, so by having dental sealants placed over these teeth, you and your child can rest assured that they are receiving the added protection needed to keep tooth decay away.
- Promote stronger teeth – You want your child’s teeth to be healthy and strong. Much in the same way fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel, sealants encourage stronger, healthier molars.
- Allow you to keep more money in your pocket – If your child doesn’t develop cavities, you won’t have to worry about paying for a filling! Dental sealants keep your child from needing future dental work.
- Limit Bacteria – If you want to limit the exposure of bacteria in your child’s mouth, talk to us about dental sealants.